Good Friday (2014)

Friday, 18 April 2014

PsalmFather, into your hands (Martin Foster)
Gospel AcclamationChristus factus est (Johann Ernst Eberlin, 1702-1762)
Adoration of the CrossBehold the wood of the Cross (Missal tone)
Adoramus Te (Eric Barnum, 1979-)
Praise to the Holiest
Crux Fidelis (attr. King John IV of Portugal) & Pange Lingua (chant) listen
Jesus, remember me (Taizé)
CommunionAve Verum Corpus (William Byrd, 1540-1623)
Soul of my Saviour

Crux Fidelis was published in the mid 1840s as a composition of King John IV of Portugal, who lived from 1604 to 1656. On stylistic and (musical) grammatical grounds it’s much more likely a product of early-to-mid 19th century archaizing Romanticism, but no less a beautiful and thoughtful work, for all that.

Eric Barnum’s harmonised chant setting of the ancient Good Friday antiphon presented a contrast of arresting simplicity. We were ably conducted in it by choral scholar Aimée Presswood.

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